August 28, 2009
Poll: Most not very worried by H1N1 flu
Ten percent of U.S. adults say they are very worried about H1N1 flu, but most say they plan to take extra measures to fight swine flu, a survey indicates.
A poll conducted by the American Red Cross indicates 78 percent -- 84 percent of women and 71 percent of men -- say they plan to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissue, while 76 percent -- 81 percent for women and 71 percent for men -- say they will wash their hands more carefully and 62 percent plan to be vaccinated against H1N1 flu if vaccinations are offered.
Forty-six percent say they plan to assemble a two-week supply of food, water and medicine that they might need in the event they or someone in their family becomes sick and need to stay home for extended periods of time.
Even though most Americans aren't extremely worried about the virus, they seem interested in taking steps to protect themselves and their families, Scott Conner of the Red Cross says in a statement.
Taking basic steps, such as washing your hands more frequently and remaining at home if you are sick become even more important as the new flu season approaches.
The telephone survey of 1,002 U.S. adults, conducted July 17-20 by Caravan Opinion Research Corp., has a margin of error of plus/minus 3.1 percentage points.